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Deputies: Car thief jumps into canal to escape cops

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Updated: 6/18/2013 11:33 am
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- An alleged car thief jumped into the Little Econ canal after running from Orange County deputies Tuesday, authorities said.

Deputies said they tried to pull the man over whom they believe was driving a stolen car near McCulloch Road and Rouse Road, but he ditched the car and ran.

The man was later found in a backyard about a mile away, deputies said.

Property was found inside the car, and deputies said they are trying to determine whether he is connected to multiple burglaries in the area.

The man's name was not released.

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